Comparing A Boy Named Sue And Cat 's And The Cradle Essay

1013 Words Oct 5th, 2015 5 Pages
Comparing and Contrasting “A Boy Named Sue” and “Cat’s and the Cradle” Twenty-four million children in America live in a fatherless household. Studies have shown that family structure greatly impacts a child’s life. Children without fathers are more involved in crime, more likely to live in poverty, and struggle with behavioral problems. “A Boy Named Sue” by Johnny Cash, and “Cat’s in the Cradle” by Harry Chapin, are songs that focus on two boys with absent fathers. The songs portray how a missing father similarly affected the main characters, even though they lived very different lives. “A Boy Named Sue” and “Cat’s and the Cradle” compare with each other because the two main characters were missing a father figure during their childhood. In “A Boy Name Sue”, Sue’s father left him and his mother when he was a mere three years old. Because of his absence, Sue had to become a man on his own, so to speak. He fought others, they would bully him because of his name, and grew up a mean person. He repeatedly tried to prove himself as a tough guy, scaring others into seeing him as a man. Although this was the dad’s intention, he ignorantly ruined his son’s childhood by naming him Sue. In “Cat’s and the Cradle”, the boy’s father was constantly busy with work, and they never got to spend any time together. As a college student, the son declines spending time with his dad and states, “What I’d really like, Dad, is to borrow the car keys. See you later, can I have them…

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